Susan Daniels, CPA

President and Chief Executive Officer

Head shot of Susan Daniels facing the camera and smiling in front of a blue-gray-green backgroundSusan Daniels was named president and CEO in October 2011. Prior to her CEO appointment, she was chief financial and administrative officer, joining Leader Dog in 2004. Daniels is a recipient of the 2011 Crain's Detroit Business CFO Award (nonprofit sector) recognizing outstanding financial executives. Before her arrival at Leader Dogs for the Blind, Daniels was the chief financial and administrative officer for the American Red Cross – Southeastern Michigan Chapter for nearly 10 years.

During her tenure as CFAO, Daniels implemented internal controls, a cost center accounting system, and a budget and financial reporting process to ensure fiscal accountability for the organization. Daniels created three separate Board Audit, Finance and Investment committees to ensure improved and independent oversight.

Since her promotion to president and CEO, Daniels has focused on several key initiatives for Leader Dog: updating the organization's strategic plan for the next three years, establishing a separate foundation to support Leader Dog, implementing standards for client instruction and future Leader Dogs, and increasing the amount of human/dog interaction time for all dogs in training.

Daniels is a Lions Club member and holds a CPA and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. She completed the Women's Executive Leadership Experience through Paragon Leadership International and is a proud graduate of Leadership Greater Rochester and also Leadership Oakland.